Policy 16: Housing

What are we trying to achieve?

We want to achieve a balanced and resilient housing market with a high proportion of properties in permanent occupation, and a supply of new homes that meet local people’s needs and maximises the delivery of affordable housing.

What is the issue?

Between April 2011 and March 2016  a total of 384 new homes for local people have been built. Despite this, the overall population in the Lake District, is decreasing. The local demographic is becoming unbalanced, the proportion of working people is decreasing, there are increasing levels of second home ownership and properties used for holiday letting purposes, and the need for more affordable homes remains acute. These factors are beginning to challenge the future vibrancy and resilience of our communities.

Our suggested approach

We will continue to not allow open market housing. Our starting point when planning for housing is Government policy which states that “the Parks are not suitable locations for unrestricted housing” and that the expectation is that new housing will be focused on meeting affordable housing requirement, supporting local employment opportunities and key services”.

We will set our own housing target. The current target is 60 per annum. A range of 60 – 113 new dwellings per annum has been identified from a variety of sources.

We will continue to restrict the occupation of new homes to households with a local connection. We recognise new housing development should be relevant to a particular area and reflect local needs and circumstances. We will establish an approach through the Housing Supplementary Planning Document which enables eligibility to be restricted to a geography which reflects local circumstances.

We will continue to support new homes on farm holdings where it sustains the functional need of the farm business and provides for the transition between generations. We also acknowledge the need to have practical assistance available to the farm occupants at peak times, such as lambing and silage time, and the draft policy seeks to address this.


Policy 16: Housing

Based on the level of identified housing need we will make provision for a minimum of 1,200 new permanent homes between 2019 and 2034 to increase the supply of homes to meet local community need.

We will achieve this by supporting:

  1. new permanent homes that:
    • contribute towards helping communities remain vibrant and resilient; and
    • achieve a better balance in the housing market; and
    • are secured in perpetuity for permanent occupation with eligibility restricted to a geography that reflects local circumstances.
  2. windfall sites that provide one to five permanent homes subject to local occupancy and above that number affordable housing
  3. rural exception sites for affordable housing where evidence of local need is demonstrated
  4. new permanent homes on farm holdings that:
    • support the functional need of the farm business; or
    • provide for the transition between generations and will be occupied by family members or farm workers; and
    • are secured in perpetuity for permanent occupation with eligibility restricted to function or a geography that reflects local circumstances
  5. permanent and transit accommodation to meet the needs of gypsy and travelling communities and travelling show people where they meet a need established by the Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessments. 

And by not supporting open market housing.

Have your say!

Consultation closed on 29th June. Thank you to all of those who took part. Please keep an eye on our Local Plan homepage for announcements and feedback on the consultation

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